Questions for Clarification to the Munich group and the UNESCO Kabul Office

30 April Expert Meeting, Tokyo, Japan
Concerning the construction of “foot-like” structures
and the future reconstruction of the Eastern Buddha statue

 These Questions are the outcome based on the April 30 meeting.

 

16 June 2014

Contact: Bamiyanbuddha.jp@gmail.com
Contact persons: MAEDA, Kousaku / YAMAUCHI, Kazuya

 

Questions to the Munich group
(Professor Michael Petzet and Professor Erwin Emmerling)

Questions to the UNESCO Kabul Office


Statements on Bamiyan Buddha Statue Reconstruction

30 April Expert Meeting, Tokyo, Japan
Concerning the construction of “foot-like” structures
and the future reconstruction of the Eastern Buddha statue

 

13 June 2014
Contact: Bamiyanbuddha.jp@gmail.com
Contact persons: MAEDA, Kousaku / YAMAUCHI, Kazuya

 

Preface
The foot-like structures (hereinafter referred to as the “Feet”) recently constructed at the Eastern Buddha niche in the Bamiyan World Heritage site in Afghanistan caught worldwide attention. The case may reflect not only on arguments over the reconstruction of the Buddha statues of Bamiyan as heritage of humanity but also on the issues regarding reconstruction and authenticity of World Heritage in a wider perspective. Furthermore, the case may set a precedent in the ways we think about the reconstruction of cultural heritage.
The Japan ICOMOS National Committee and National Research Institute for the Cultural Properties, Tokyo (hereinafter, NRICPT) co-organized the expert meeting about this issue on 30 April 2014. Participants of the meeting included experts on the conservation of cultural heritage, some of whom are members of the Bamiyan Experts Working Group Meeting [BEWGM]. The meeting first reviewed the process of how the “Feet” of the Eastern Buddha niche came about, and then discussed the possibilities and problems of the case extensively. This conclusion statement is the outcome based on this April 30 meeting.